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Originally published December 4 2006

Santa Claus diagnosed with type-2 diabetes; seeks nutritional solution in time for Christmas

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

What's Christmas without leaving those green-glittered cookies for Santa Claus? Well, all those sweets have a hefty price tag. Today, NaturalNews has learned that the jovial, rotund Mr. Claus has been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. But the generous gift-giver is determined to change his sedentary, sugary ways.

In an exclusive interview and follow-up e-mails to NaturalNews, Santa Claus said that he was searching for a natural solution to his health condition. Like most doctors, Santa's physician offered him a chance to take medications to "control" his blood sugar, but Santa was concerned about possible damage to his liver and heart -- two of the most common side effects of many diabetes medications.

"I want to beat my diabetes and get my weight under control without popping pills," Santa said. "And it's just too risky to take insulin injections when my reindeer tote my sleigh across the sky."

"Besides, if I become dependent on drugs and insulin injections, what message does that send to all the children?" he asked.

Santa was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes ten days ago by his personal physician, Dr. North, who explained that for too many years, Santa had been over-consuming cookies and milk left for him by well-meaning children and parents around the world. "Santa has a huge sweet tooth," Dr. North explained. "Binging on milk and cookies is not a healthy diet, especially for someone who only gets out once a year and doesn't exercise much." Santa's conversation with his doctor is also documented in the popular CounterThink cartoon series at

To solve his diabetes challenge in time for Christmas, Santa invited NaturalNews to assemble a team of nutritionists and experts knowledgeable in the fields of diabetes, blood sugar metabolism and sugar addiction. In response, we brought together some of the top authors and nutritionists in the natural health industry: Connie Bennett, Byron Richard, Dr. Gabriel Cousens and Mike Adams.

Connie Bennett, M.S.J., C.H.H.C., author of the new book, Sugar Shock! (available to order now at, ships Dec. 26) and founder of the website, had great empathy for Santa's condition and his ever-present temptations. To help him out, she plans to give him some tried-and-true tips and tactics to help him kick his sugar habit. In addition, she is giving him a Christmas gift -- copies of her Sugar Shock! book for him and all his elves.

"Santa, I know how enticing all those cookies can be, but you need to focus on your long-term goals," Connie says. "If you continue to chomp on those well-meaning culinary gifts, you could endanger your life. Before you put those green-or-red-glittered cookies in your mouth, just think about those children all over the world who rely on you each and every year. Focusing on your greater good can help you to keep from falling off the wagon, so to speak."

Byron Richards, C.C.N., author of Mastering Leptin (available at, has over twenty years of clinical experience in helping people overcome food imbalances and appetite hormone swings. A technical expert in blood sugar metabolism, Richards advised that Santa should, "Eliminate snacking between meals, a key factor that clogs the liver and raises blood sugar." Santa did in fact admit to Richards that all the tempting treats left out for him had created some bad habits and that he often found himself nibbling on sweets as he helped prepare toys for the holiday season. Richards informed Santa to really cut back, "If you need something sweet, then have only a bite or two at the end of a moderately-sized healthy meal."

NaturalNews editor Mike Adams also offered some nutritional advice. Adams is a former prediabetic and author of How to Halt Diabetes in 25 Days (available at, a popular natural health guide that teaches readers how to overcome type-2 diabetes in as little as three weeks. "Clinical studies have shown that early-stage diabetes can be completely reversed through food choice and exercise," Adams said. "And it all starts with avoiding refined sugars and white flour. Santa, eat fresh fruit or other natural snacks, not processed foods made with sugar!"

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. is the author of Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine and founder of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona. Having witnessed first-hand the miraculous health transformations of people who switched to a living foods diet, Dr. Cousens offered Santa optimistic advice on reversing his diabetic condition. "I am sorry to hear that you have developed type-2 diabetes," Dr. Cousens said. "You are part of a world-wide trend of an ever increasing wave of type-2 diabetes, with between sixteen and twenty-one million Americans and approximately one hundred and twenty million people around the world diagnosed with the condition. This number has tripled since 1960, and the trend seems to be linked to a high sugar, high fat diet that is low in natural fiber, vegetables, and exercise."

Type-2 diabetes is reversible, though, and Dr. Cousens invited Santa to consider the possibility that conventional medicine is wrong about diabetes. "The most important piece of information to know is that this whole condition can be reversed naturally by a joyful application of a healthy diet and lifestyle," Dr. Cousens explained. "This is contrary to what doctors who follow the allopathic philosophy will advise you; which is that it can not be healed. Once you understand that you can reverse it naturally, you will become like those who followed Roger Bannister who broke the myth of the four minute mile."

Santa is now consulting further with Bennett, Cousens, Adams and Richards, learning what changes he will need to make in the coming weeks in order to balance his blood sugar and restore normal metabolic function. He is optimistic about making positive progress, and he hopes to restore normal blood sugar balance and be free of type-2 diabetes in time for Christmas. and will continue to follow this story and bring you updates on Santa's condition in the weeks ahead.

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